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Waldo Canyon fire 25 percent contained

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (CBS5) -

Colorado fire officials are relying on the assistance of other states in order to contain the Waldo fire, which has engulfed the state's midland.

Big Horn 209, a crew of fire officials out of Montana, has been brought to Colorado to check for hot spots and flare-ups in already-burned areas; a process that, though slow, is extremely important.

The Waldo fire is 25 percent contained, but kicking winds are making that task difficult.

"The wind picked up, and the next thing we knew, the whole front range was full of smoke," Cory Garcia of Colorado's Falcon Fire Protection said.

To date, the fire has cost Colorado $6.2 million, and while costs and safety pose great obstacles to Colorado officials, a rise in crime has become yet another problem to deal with.

Officials said looters, preying on evacuees salvaging their most prized positions in their vehicles, have also caught their attention.

Two arrests have been made, five burglary reports have been filed and ten car thefts have been reported, officials said.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this historic wildfire.

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